It is a great idea to fill your home with lively florals and greenery. However, if you have a curious cat, it is essential to buy plants which are safe for cats to eat. This is especially the case if your feline usually likes to nibble on various foods. Thankfully, you can choose from many different kinds of non-toxic and cat-friendly houseplants, and therefore not have to worry if they decide to eat any of them. According to Pretty Litter, the following plants are suitable for cats.
Silver vine, catnip or cat thyme
These plants are safe and healthy for your cat to eat. Each of them act as a stimulant for cats, which can significantly boost mood and reduce stress levels for the pet. Catnip is one of the well-known stimulating herbs, but some cats do not respond to it. Only about two thirds of felines react to catnip. On the other hand, silver vine affects about eighty percent of felines. Cat thyme can help your cat relax. It is easy to grow these plants because they grow slowly. In addition, maintaining them is easy.
Maybe it is the thin, long blades of good grass that cats like or the satisfying crunch they get after snapping off and munching on it like a celery stick. However, all cats appear to love grass. Both cat grass and lemongrass are some of the best plants for cats. This grass, also known as cat grass usually comes in the form of grass which is safe for cats to rub their noses with, and it includes wheat grass, oat and barley. However, you can also grow lemongrass in your home for its cooking uses and its subtle smell. Even though the blades of lemon grass are not quite lean and long like cat grass, your cat can appreciate them.
Cats also love herbs. If you love to cook with herbs such as parsley and rosemary, you will be glad. They are healthy and safe. Parsley is rich in beta-carotene, potassium and vitamins C, B and A. Rosemary is one of the favored herbs in the world for its relaxing scent and versatility in cooking. Cats love it because it plays the role of a natural flea repellant.
Most of the plants which are healthy for felines are also healthy for humans. For humans, valerian has sleep promoting properties. However, for cats, it functions as a stimulant and makes them feel better. If you buy a valerian plant for your home, you can find your cat nibbling on its leaves and that’s fine. It is safe for felines and your cat will like the new source of natural energy.
These plants are vibrant green house plants with thin, long foliage that grows from the middle of the plant, and falls outward in arches to form a symmetrical, gorgeous display. Cats like the stimulant qualities that look like catnip. In addition, the leaves are resistible for cats who love batting at bouncy, stringy things.
It is also referred to as a baby rubber plant and it has thick green leaves that produce small white flowers. It is easy to care for since you only have to water it weekly or biweekly, and provide it with direct sunlight.
Birds nest fern
This is a squiggly green plants that grows well in bathrooms because of the humidity. It also does not require much sunlight.
Orchid can be high in maintenance compared to other houseplants, but it is safe for your cat’s health. It comes with fresh flowers, but do not mind when they fall three or more months later.
In the opinion of Good Housekeeping, setting this mini tree in any room can provide it with a tropical feel because of its palm-like leaves and braided stem. Apart from being low maintenance, it provides positive energy.
Red prayer plant
This plant has striking stripes on its leaves that make it to appear unique in any room, particularly if its color palette is fairly neutral. Just place it in a sunny spot, mist its leaves once weekly and keep the soil damp.
This palm might not grow dates or coconuts like some varieties. However, it is eye-catching. Over time, it grows to more than six feet tall. It is also fairly resilient. Therefore, ensure that it gets adequate sunlight and water once a week.
When the bright red center of the plant begins to wilt, you will see baby bromeliads begin to pop around the base of the plant. This means that the plant will flower soon. For the best growing conditions. Stick it in an open room that has indirect sunlight and water it when the soil dries to the touch.
Kimberly queen fern
You can stick the plant in a hanging basket or in a pot in a room with partial to low sunlight to keep it out of reach. Water it every time you notice pale green leaves.
The contrasting leaves make an impact, which is almost like the red-veined variety. In the evening, the leaves close up like the way we close them when praying and reopen when daylight hits. The houseplants need more consistency. Therefore, ensure that the soil is damp and move it to a bright spot in your home.
Lonantha Guatemala air plant
If you do not have adequate space in your home, allow the air plants to hang in planters or place them on display in small terrariums. Water them well. Soak them in water at room temperature every two weeks and mist them periodically.
These plants grow indoors easily, and adapt well to pots they are placed in. They can live with only minimal sunlight, and they come in various varieties, all of which are not toxic to cats. They are also easy to maintain. According to the Spruce, these plants are tolerant to a wide range of moisture, light and soil conditions. Their leaves have lines that appear like spider legs. They burst from central roots in the ground and they entice some cats to chew, explore and eat them. Therefore, try to hang them out of reach of you feline if that is a problem.
Most of these large frond-growing plants are suitable for the outdoors in warm climates, and they include Areca, Parlor and ponytail varieties. The cat owners who think of keeping palms indoors near cats need to be sure that the variety can thrive, and they do not have the words Cycad or Sago palms in the names.